In December of 2000 I made a commitment to find my way back to health. After struggling with significant health challenges for more than two decades, I was desperate to feel better and have the ability to enjoy my life to the fullest!
One of the first things I did was sign up for an exercise class. After two children and years of full time desk work, I was not in the best shape (even though I was far from inactive). The greatest blessing I received from that class was a referral from the instructor to a local holistic practitioner, which truly started my healing process and path to wellness.
Bodywork quickly became an obsession for me. After years of crazy muscle spasms, intense physical discomfort and structural misalignments, my body started to release tension, heal and feel better!! I had already been receiving chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy and regular massages. So how on earth was this new therapy with the ridiculously long and difficult name, Craniosacral Fascial Release Therapy, going to provide radical improvement? It addresses connective tissue called fascia, which has unique properties that require specific methods of release that were largely missed through these other therapies.
Most people have never heard of fascia, and if they have, they have very little understanding of its importance within the body. But fascia is a critical component to overall wellness and something you really should know about. And it’s why I was so excited to see fascia show up on the title of a book!
Fascia is largely ignored, even in mainstream textbooks about the body, so you can imagine my surprise when I saw a book with fascia in its title, meant for the general public on Amazon. It was not yet released, so I added it to my wish list and got my hands on it as soon as it was up for sale.
The Cellulite Myth: It’s not fat, its fascia by Ashley Black with Joanne Hunt is a must read! This book explains fascia in everyday terms that anyone can understand and clearly illustrates how problematic tight fascia can be. I think it’s beautifully marketed by catching the eye of those who struggle with cellulite, which is a consequence of tight fascia. But the benefits of understanding and addressing tight fascia go way beyond reducing or eliminating cellulite. Fascia literally wraps around everything in your body. When tight, it has the power to irritate nerves, misalign bones and interfere with any and all bodily functions. Restoring it to proper tension and function can have a huge impact on your body’s ability to function at its best.
I highly encourage you to pick up a copy of this book and get to know your body better. The book provides practical self-tests so you can assess if and where you have tight fascia. If it’s something you have, and it’s likely that you have at least some degree of restriction, addressing it could be a total game changer!
The book doesn’t give suggestions on how to find a practitioner that can help you release tight fascia, but a quick internet search for fascia or myofascial release may work. It’s not a widely offered therapeutic technique and it can be challenging to find a well-trained, talented practitioner. It’s worth a search but not essential, as Ashley Black has created some self-help tools you can purchase from her website and use on your own to facilitate the release of tight fascia. I’ll tell you all about my experiment with one of those tools in my next product highlight. For now, I hope you’ll commit to purchasing and reading The Cellulite Myth: It’s not fat, its fascia. You only have one body to take you through this life, and you are the only one who can take excellent care of it. And it’s well worth your time and effort to do just that!